Let the cooking begin…..

Actually, it started last night. LOL!  I have a wonderful turkey recipe that I found online last year.  It turned out beautifully, so I thought I would give the gravy recipe that goes with it a shot this year.  I have never made gravy in my life.  I know, I know.  I can hear the shocked gasps now.  Anyway, I wanted to share the link to the recipe with you.

http://www.splendidtable.org/recipes/slow-roast-turkey-40-cloves-garlic-and-white-wine-pan-gravy

Lynne Rossetto Kasper has some great recipes.

As I was saying, about the gravy………it is a 2 day process!!  I did the gravy base last night.  Smells and tastes amazing though.  Can’t wait to try and finish that process up.  Should be interesting if nothing else.

Next up on the new recipe list is a green bean casserole from Alton Brown.  Fresh green beans, fresh mushrooms, half-and-half, fresh onions…….mmmmmmmmm!!

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/not-your-mamas-green-bean-casserole-recipe/index.html

I will let you know how that turns out.

I have a chocolate pie idea that I am bouncing around as well.  That one will be all me, and I will post that if it turns out like I want it to.

Wish me luck and pictures will be forthcoming!!

Happy Thanksgiving!!

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Brrrr…….

So, I live in the Piedmont area of Georgia, northeast of Atlanta.  What most of the country calls cold weather, would probably be beyond my general scope. LOL! However, it has gotten down right chilly here and they are calling for rain with a possible wintery mix. Work on my garden is on hold, probably until after Thanksgiving.  (I will be spending Wednesday evening and Thursday cooking.)

Stay warm and dry and watch for how the turkey turns out on Thursday. I’m excited!

We have made a beginning!

Yesterday, we made the first (of many) steps to getting our garden started!!  YAY!!  I am very excited.  I intend to share pictures with you all along the way, but you need to know where we are starting from.  With that being said…….here we go!

Empty Yard

This is my yard as it was yesterday morning.

Stakes and Twine

We went to Home Depot.  LOL!  Looking at this picture as I am writing this, it looks like I am going vampire hunting.  Oh well!

While at Home Depot, we met Susan, The Plant Lady.  She was amazing!  She answered all of our questions about the different compost options and suggested that we use the Soil Conditioner option for the lovely clay soil that we have here in Georgia.  Fortunately, our soil is not completely clay based but there is more than enough to make life difficult.  We picked up two bags of Soil Conditioner and I plan to go back and get more every week.

Progress on Garden Layout

This was were we had to stop. (Lunch with the family for Thanksgiving is important. LOL!)

After lunch my nephew, Clint, came back home with us to help us with our work. We worked until it got dark.  I intend to take more pictures this morning, before we get back to work.

A little about my furbabies!

We have cats.  Yes, that is plural.  Inside we only have two, Shadow and Marshmallow.  Outside we have a fluctuating collection.  We have acquired them over time and they come and go as they please.  However, right now there are 5 that are here everyday.

Shadow

This is Shadow.

Marshmallow

This is Marshmallow.

Cathy and Gregory

This is Cathy with my Gregory.

Little Mama

This is Little Mama and yes she has two different color eyes.  Her right eye is blue and her left eye is yellow.

Zombie

This is Zombie, the daughter of Little Mama.  She also has bi-colored eyes.  Her right eye is yellow and left eye is blue.

CallieHorns

These are the daughter of Zombie, Callie and Horns.  Horns has eyes just like her mothers.

Now you have met my indoor babies and my outdoor babies.  I love them all!  Have a purrrrrfectly wonderful day!

A little progress……

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First things first. I would like to thank Bren of BGgarden for being the first person to like one of my posts.  It was very encouraging to be noticed almost immediately.  She has a beautiful blog that I am looking forward to exploring.

So, I have come up with a plan for my garden.  It seems very ambitious to me. I know we won’t be able to get it all done before spring planting, but I plan to give it everything I have. Between my full-time job and my husband’s part-time job and continuing job hunt, we have very little time, but I will make this happen! Let me now what you think about it and I would welcome any and all suggestions.Garden plan layout (2)

Revision:

I fixed my chart so that it was easier to read.  Thanks everyone!!

Inspirations……….how we got to here.

Hi!

I am Christina.  I am a wife, a mother of two and a grandmother of one.  With that being said, let me tell you how I ended up with this blog.

I have had a “garden” a couple of times over the last few years, but never anything that great. It has been a couple of years since the last time I had the gardening bug, but I could feel it building up.  I purchased a book, to help me learn more about what I was thinking about doing.  That book was The Self-Sufficient Life and How to Live It by John Seymour.Image

A friend made the comment today that this book had changed me.  I guess he was right.  I have found myself thinking more and more about the things that I want to do for, and with, my granddaughter, Sophie.  I want to give her the experience of playing outside in her bare feet, of digging in the dirt, watching something she planted grow, and having animals around that she is helping to take care of, etc. (She is my little ray of sunshine, if you can’t tell.)

I have also found a wonderful blog that I am going through the archives of. Frühlingskabine Micro-Farm is another of my inspirations.  I can’t wait to get completely caught up. In setting up to follow this blog, I was flipped into WordPress.com, and voila!! here I am.

Thank you for reading my rambling, and I hope you have a lovely week.

Christina